How do you feel about Facebook?
I have a love/ hate relationship going on right now. I love that I can keep up with friends through photos, status updates, and wall posts, but on the other hand, I hate that I can keep up with friends through photos, status updates, and wall posts. . . without having to call or text.
But also I hate it because of what it's become, to our society and our culture, to individuals and to businesses .... with its own set of rules and regulations straddling the right of free speech. Do you think I will be logging on next Tuesday when either Romney or Obama edges out the other? Hell no. I can't stand how people get so hot headed and make hurtful (and often ignorant) statements - whether about politics or even just in general.
Unintentionally, I've had my feelings hurt on social media and unintentionally, I've also hurt others.
It's enough to make me want to deactivate. .
But is it worth it?
Logistically, it's a few mouse clicks and I'm there.
Psychologically, I am not addicted - that's not the concern ... Moreover, if I had to rank social media: Facebok < Instagram < Twitter in my book ...
But do I want to miss the engagement or pregnancy announcements? The wedding photos of friends and family? The excitement when a friend accomplishes a long time marathon goal? The birthday reminders? Watch friends move into new apartment and find new jobs in new cities ? Stalk that new boyfriend or girlfriend someone is head over heels in love with?
Of course, I don't want to miss that.
But do the negativity and the consequences outweigh the benefits? You decide.